Results from a small study suggest statins may be associated with substantially fewer symptoms in older, frail COVID-19 patients, as reported in This is Money.
The trial, reported on Friday on the medRxiv website, has not yet been peer-reviewed.
Among 154 coronavirus patients at two nursing homes, those who took a statin, such as Lipitor, were nearly three times more likely to be free of symptoms during their infection than those who did not, researchers in Belgium found.
There was also slight trend toward lower risks for lengthy hospital stays and death that was not statistically significant.
"In the current absence of other valuable therapies and considering the benefit-risk balance, an older person living in a nursing home could consider taking a statin if at high COVID-19 infection risk," the authors said.
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